Eversource Investing $27 Million in Tree Trimming Across
New Hampshire in 2021
Work scheduled along more than 2,500 miles of electric distribution lines
MANCHESTER, N.H. (March 18, 2021) — While violent storms like last summer’s Tropical Storm Isaias serve as a regular reminder to New Englanders of just how destructive trees can be to the electric system, Eversource works year-round to fortify the electric distribution system against such extreme weather through its comprehensive tree maintenance program. In 2021, the energy company will be investing approximately $27 million in tree trimming and hazardous tree removal to enhance reliability for customers throughout New Hampshire.
As part of its comprehensive vegetation management plan for 2021, Eversource will be trimming trees along more than 2,500 miles of overhead distribution lines around the state. Among the roughly 130 communities where tree trimming will be performed this year, some of the most extensive work is scheduled to be done in Chesterfield along more than 90 miles of roads. Trees will also be trimmed along approximately 80 miles of roadways in Pittsburg, 70 miles in Danbury, 60 miles in Effingham and 50 miles in Windham. Eversource notifies customers in advance if work is necessary on their property.
“Tree maintenance and education about insects and diseases that affect trees is a challenge for municipalities across the state, one that we wouldn’t be able to address without a trusted partner like Eversource,” said Hancock Department of Public Works Director Tyler Howe. “Eversource’s team of experts works tirelessly to ensure reliability for their customers, and we always appreciate their focus on collaboration and coordinating with local communities to help address our concerns.”
As Eversource continues working to address the widespread tree mortality in New Hampshire, the crisis is a shared responsibility between utilities and tree owners. The energy company reminds customers that homeowners are responsible for tree maintenance on their own property. That includes keeping branches away from the lower-voltage service wires connecting their homes and businesses to the main utility lines on the street. Eversource strongly recommends customers contact a professional tree service to perform this work. For more information on Eversource’s comprehensive vegetation management program, visit Eversource.com.